Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thursday's Throw Aways

I was cleaning my desk at work today and found a couple of things I thought I would bring home to use for today's throw away projects.  Yes, there are two.  And one of them will even qualify for the Ways to Use It Challenge - Angled Interest.

Each morning part of my job is to go through all the dismissal notes that come into the school for the day.  Sometimes these notes are written on odd scraps of paper and sometimes they're almost formal and written on notecards.  This is one such notecard that I rescued.  I loved the pattern so I just cut the top of the notecard off to use.

Sorry that's a little blurry. 

I picked out a stamp set that I hadn't used yet - Peace Within and stamped my image in Basic Gray on watercolor paper.  Then I took my aqua painter and SU markers and colored the image. 

We've never had an orange cat, but I wanted the cat to match the overall design so she's orange!  She also matches the orchid and the butterfly.  The accent color is Taken With Teal on the pillow and the flower pot.  I backed the watercolored image and the notecard piece with Taken With Teal cs, added some Dusty Durango ribbon, and arranged everything on a Tangerine Tango base.

I really like the way this came out and it was very relaxing to come home and do the watercoloring.

The second project involves some bakery string.  I got this the other day when our mail lady came in with a box of fresh bakery macaroons (she knows I like them!) as I hadn't seen her last week on my birthday because school was closed for spring break.  The macaroons were delicious by the way!!!

The Ways to Use It Challenge for today is called Angled Interest and you were supposed to create something with angled or diagonal lines.  This string looks like it has diagonal lines to begin with but I also wrapped it diagonally on the red panel on this card.

I used the strawberry stamp from Tart & Tangy and a flower from the Blossom Party die in front of and behind the wrapped string.  The center of the flower is my first attempt at using some Flower Soft that I picked up last year sometime. 

It is kind of weird-looking close up, don't you think?  Anyway, the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is punched out with the word window punch. 

I've made a little pledge to myself to try and use more of the things I already have on hand this month.  I don't believe The Peace Within stamp set hadn't been used yet - I have so many ideas for this one.  And the flower soft has been sitting in a drawer for almost a year now.  The string is new, but I'm glad it didn't just get chucked.

I'm pretty happy with both of these.  What do you think? 


  1. I love both cards. I love the set Peace Within. One of our furry friends is trying to curl up on my are as I type this. Urg.

    Love the bakery twine. I think it looks cute.

  2. I'd be happy with both those! The strawberry and twine one is so summery and fresh - makes me think picnics!
    And the other one - it's funny, I don't use orange a lot at all, but I used it today too. I just love this - the delicate paper and the peaceful scene. Summer too with the hot orange, but a peaceful, drowsy summer afternoon. We had a whole bunch of orange cats over the years, starting with Moses, rescued from drowning.

  3. Both cards are great, but I love the watercoloring and the paper you salvaged - so pretty! Sorry to be so absent lately! Spring is in the air and I've been neglecting my stamps and blog surfin my favs (gasp!!)


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